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Danger level 7
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Connects to the internet without permission


PiccShare is a potentially unreliable browser extension that claims to enable you fast sharing of images on the Internet, but we have found that this application may also start displaying annoying third-party advertisements. Therefore, we have categorized it as an adware program. This means that this is an advertising-supported program whose main purpose may not be to be a useful tool for you, but, instead, to route web traffic to third-party websites through the ads it may show. These advertisements can be potentially harmful and take you to unsafe websites. That is why it is important that you remove PiccShare from your computer before you click on the wrong ad and infect your PC with more malware programs, let alone get scammed by cyber criminals. Since it is also possible that this adware is not the only threat on your system, you should not waste more time to act. Please read our article to learn more about this infection and how you can protect your PC from similar attacks.

This adware is a bit different from the majority of useless adware applications because it actually has a working functionality and a promotional website as well. You can find it at piccshare.com/application/page/landing. This is a rather simple web page where you can directly download the installer of this program. However, we do not think that you could easily find this website or land on it after a web search. It is much more likely that you let this adware on board in a freeware bundle. Schemers usually create bundles in order to spread malicious software installers over the web. However, they may pack a number of such threats in one bundle. This way there is a good chance that unsuspecting and inexperienced computer users will unknowingly install the whole package or most of the components. In order to make sure that they succeed with their malicious agenda, these criminals often create rather misleading installers. Even though they may offer you checkboxes to untick to opt out, you may not easily notice them or these may only be revealed if you go for the Custom or Advanced installation option.

If you do not want to end up with such a bundle on your computer, you should avoid unfamiliar P2P websites. These can be shareware, torrent, or even pornography-related web pages. You must have noticed that these sites are full of flashy banners and pop-up advertisements. These third-party ads may be totally unsafe to click on. What’s worse, they can be disguised as download buttons, for instance. But it is also possible that you do not even see content where you accidentally click with your mouse and you still download a bundle in the background. It is worth mentioning that some malicious websites might host banner ads that can run a program code as soon as the page loads in your browser. Therefore, you do not even need to click anywhere on the page and you will get infected with a bunch of malware programs. That is why it is so important to only download software and other free products from official sources and reputable sites; because, if you download such a bundle, deleting PiccShare will not be enough to secure your virtual kingdom.

This application has a finely-working function, which is displaying a button plus a few social networking easy-access buttons, such as Facebook and Twitter, whenever you roll over an image with your mouse cursor in your browser. This way you can easily and quickly share any picture content with your friends. However, this free tool unfortunately does come with a price – third-party ads. We have noticed that this adware can start filling your computer screen with random advertisements. But it is also possible that this program collects information about you that could be used to create a profile and send customized commercials to your screen. In that case, you would be more inclined to click on them, and, obviously, that is exactly the goal behind them. Unfortunately, at the same time, cyber criminals may also use such targeted ads to lure you onto their malicious websites. That is why we think that it is vital that you avoid these advertisements. Closing pop-up ads and trying to outmaneuver banner ads is not the solution here because that way you will still be exposed to potentially dangerous content. You should remove PiccShare from your computer; there is no other way you can protect yourself.

Although this application has an uninstaller that you could run in Control Panel, it does not seem to do a good job. It may leave leftovers and the extensions as well in your browsers. Therefore, we have included a detailed manual method for you to eliminate this infection entirely. We must add that we mainly recommend this kind of intervention for the more experienced computer users because it involves working with the Windows Registry database and this may hold risks. Please follow our instructions below step-by-step for bests results. If you would prefer an automated solution that could also take care of all the rest of the malware infections on your computer, we suggest that you install a reliable antimalware application. This security tool will also protect your PC from future malware attacks.

How to remove PiccShare from Windows

  1. Press Win+E to open the File Explorer.
  2. Locate and delete the following folders:
    %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\docfnddcclkgokdfpnmngpiliiachclb
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\docfnddcclkgokdfpnmngpiliiachclb
    %UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ext_piccshare
    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\ext_piccshare
  3. Press Win+R and type in regedit to open the Registry Editor.
  4. Locate and delete the following registry keys:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\PiccShare (64-bit only)
  5. Exit the editor.
  6. Open the File Explorer again and delete ext_piccshare_uninst.exe from these directories:
    %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data
  7. Restart your PC.
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